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Sunburn on Feet……Ouch!

sunburn on feet

Summer is great and warm and this is why many people head for the lakes, oceans and ponds. The thing that many forget is to be careful when exposing the skin to direct sunlight for numerous hours. Yes, there is sunscreen but many people do not think to put it on their feet. It’s easy to remember to put it on your face, arms and legs. Just the thought of having to dress for work with a sunburn is enough to make us remember. The problem is that when the feet get a sunburn we have to learn the hard way how uncomfortable it is to put shoes on over a sunburn. Not only is the sunburn painful you now get to add the agony of being in shoes at work for hours on end.

Sunburn on Top of Feet

When you have a sunburn on the top of your feet it can be super painful. No matter what type of shoe you decide to wear it hurts. Sandals and flip-flops have straps and other shoes have ties. Trying to be comfortable with sunburnt feet seems impossible.

Sunburn on Feet Treatment

If your feet are severely swollen and blistered it is time to see your foot doctor. A foot doctor can give you a prescription for medication to help alleviate the pain.  If your feet are sunburnt and just uncomfortable there are a few things you can do at home to try to stay as comfortable as possible.

  • Soak your feet in cool water.
  • Apply Aloe Vera gel. This gel can be purchased over the counter at any pharmacy.
  • When you are home limit sock use. By limiting the time you wear socks it will allow your feet to breathe.
  • Avoid soap on the sunburn.
  • Witch Hazel works on many people’s sunburns.
  • Adding one cup of vinegar in a foot soak also helps.
  • Do not rub or scratch the areas that have the sunburn. Rubbing will increase the damage to the skin.
  • Watch for signs of infection. If you suspect that you may have an infection starting be sure to get in touch with your podiatrist ASAP.

Be Wise and No Sunburnt Feet

Of course, it is wise to remember to put sunscreen on your feet. Another thing to remember is to put sunscreen on your feet even when wearing sandals or flip-flops. For the best protection from the sun begin putting your sunscreen on 30 minutes before going out into the sun.

When choosing sunscreen, look for SPF 30 so that your feet will be safe. Do you know it can take up to 6 months for your skin to return to normal after a sunburn? The new skin under where the burned skin peels is super sensitive, so treat it kindly.

You Could Have a Serious Foot Problem, and Not Even Know About It: Diabetic Foot

    Halle Berry was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 22.

    The 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet included startling statistics—25.8 million people and 8.3% of the population has diabetes. Diabetes can cause and also exacerbate existing foot problems, and people living with this condition may be unaware of serious foot complications because diabetic nerve damage can lessen their ability to feel pain. This is why it is important for diabetic individuals to visit a podiatrist regularly, whether they believe it is necessary or not.

    The nerve damage that reduces pain recognition is known as neuropathy, and it can also cause changes in the shape of the foot and toes. Rather than attempting to force misshapen feet into regular shoes, a podiatrist can offer therapeutic shoes for better comfort and to avoid making any issues worse by pinching the feet in tight footwear.

    Diabetes can also result in the skin of the foot becoming dry and cracked because the nerves that control oil and moisture no longer function. An at-home solution is to immediately dry feet after bathing and apply a thin layer of plain petroleum jelly to lock in moisture. Refrain from putting creams and oils between the toes because the extra moisture can lead to infection.  Also, never soak feet because it can perpetuate the drying of the skin.

    Calluses on the bottom of the feet are another common problem in diabetic people. High pressure areas under the foot cause the occurrence and quicker buildup of calluses, which therapeutic shoes can help alleviate. If not trimmed, calluses become very thick and break down, turning into ulcers. Attempting to cut calluses and corns by yourself can lead to ulcers and infection, so a podiatrist should be trusted to regularly take care of the problem for you. For those who do not have neuropathy, using a pumice stone every day on wet skin (and then immediately applying lotion) can also help.

    Even though ulcers may not appear to cause any pain, nerve damage is preventing you from feeling it. All foot ulcers must receive the immediate attention of a podiatrist because neglecting them can lead to infections (which are hard to fight because of the high blood glucose levels and poor circulation of a diabetic person) and even the loss of a limb.

    Quality Foot Care provides treatment for the full range of diabetes-related foot problems, so give Dr. Lefkowitz a visit in our Doylestown office. By seeking out help from a podiatrist, the many foot issues diabetes causes can be avoided or alleviated before the damage goes too far.